Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2012

Functionality Status:  Water Flowing - Needs Attention

Last Checkup: 07/28/2021

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Community Profile

The report below from our partner gives some great information about a project just beginning in Uganda:

Kifruta II is a big sub-village which is part of Kifruta. So far, TWT has constructed a water source in Kifruta I and Kifruta III. Most people in the village are farmers, growing food crops and rearing cattle.

“Our challenge is water,” says the chairman of the village. “We fetch water from a swamp and the swamp is around 3 kilometers from the nearest homesteads.” The water is shared with animals and surrounded by mosquitoes. In the village many people suffer from worms and severe stomach diseases. “We organized a meeting a few weeks ago to discuss about our water problem,” says a community member. “During this meeting we decided to apply for a water source from The Water Trust. This water source will support us. People will not suffer from water borne diseases anymore and we will finally drink clean water!”

Construction Progress:

September 9, 2012

This week the technician was transferred to Kifruta II. We are at the beginning stages of construction. Currently we are at 3 ft.

September 19, 2012

We are now at 7 ft. The area is rocky, therefore excavation is not easy! The community is supporting the technician with digging very well.

October 2, 2012

This site is going very well. The commuity is vey supportive to the techncian. Currently the depth of the well is 22 ft.

Sanitation and Hygiene Progress:         

TWT’s social program includes the assignment of one Community Development Officer (CDO) to one village. The CDO encourages each households to build an ideal homestead that includes: a latrine, hand-washing facility, a separate structure for animals, rubbish pit and drying rack for dishes.

Although the main objectives of TWT’s Sanitation and Hygiene Program are the use of latrines and proper hygiene, these goals are inherently connected to the provision of clean water. Open defecation, water storage in unclean containers and the absence of hand washing are all possible contaminators of a household water source. TWT leverages this relationship, by requiring each village to achieve Open Defecation Free statis (defined by one latrine per households), prior to the pump installation for a shallow hand dug well. Using the immediate gratification of clean water as an impetus, TWT works toward sustainable, interdisciplinary WASH development.

TWT implements the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) program with each of our village partners.  TWT facilitates a CLTS session in which we aim to improve the sanitation and hygiene practices and behaviors of a village.  During these sessions, village leaders naturally emerge and push the community to realize that current practices of individual households – particularly open defecation– are not only unhealthy, but affect the entire village.  CLTS facilitates a process in which community members realize the negative consequences of their current water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors and are inspired to take action.  Group interactions, embarrassment and shame are frequent motivators for individual households to: build latrines, use the latrines and demand that other households do the same.

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Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.


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